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in on regular conference calls with the white house. they're among the leaders the obama administration is turning to for advice on everything from the deficit to taxes to the broader economy. >>> then, after we talk to them, they're going to paint a picture for us, we're going to turn to two powerful investors for insight into what the conversation in washington means for the broader markets. cowen and company ceo jeff solomon will join us, and the bond king, bill gross. first, steve will bring us up to speed on the morning's top stories. steve? >> thank you, michelle. disney posting better than expected earnings and revenues after the bell. the company says it expects the next few quarters to be better on a stronger lineup of films and growing attendance at its theme parks. ceo bob iegory was on cnbc's "closing bell." >> you had a lot of ins and outs. basically, the trendser good. we had strong results at our domestic parks. the bookings have been pretty solid. advertising was okay. and generally speaking, our business performed well. and our interactive media group was profitable for
quality. so we think it's a very fair return. >> david, obama care is coming. how is that going to affect your company? >> we see obama care as driving change in the marketplace and change is good because maybe to your core question, the status quo is not acceptable. we need to take costs out of the system and increase quality. for us, focus more on services. the change in the marketplace is a positive. one of the biggest changes we see happening in the united states is the opportunity to partner with physicians, to collaborate with physicians, to drive increases in health quality. today we have over 50 collaboratives already up and running in the united states where physicians are more paid based on the quality of outcomes haves the quality of services. as a result, people are getting better quality of outcomes, better services and costs are coming out of the system. >> david, give us a -- your outlook for the year ahead and a little bit beyond that. to what extent, when washington is -- it's in the middle right now of the process of trying to find cost savings. do you expect some of tho
at 400 and above, they're part of the economy. they're getting whacked with the obama care and the deal that was arrived at. all of these things -- >> austerity is ugly. getting there. >> so is oil -- oil's not supposed to go up when the economy's slowing. >> you have the central banks that are printing money. >> you do. >> it's got to go up. >> think about what would happen if they weren't. and in -- all bets off on what happens with the ten year now, too. if we're in a slowing environment. gold suddenliy -- we're immediately going back to 2.75 or 3%. and the dollar's been something to behold in terms of the yen. you don't see that often. and especially when it's telegraphed by --not the guy with the hair, the guy named after lincoln, right? abe. >> abe? >> is it abe? >> or abe. >> i know it. lincoln is hot. >> abe to me. >> lincoln is hot. >> you think it's going to win? >> there's a movie every day. there's that and the o'reillys killing lincoln and "lincoln: the vampire hunter." >> i read the book. >> but? >> i did. >> you had that much time? >> i office a plane. i tried on a plane.
the country together, who's taking a partisan approach. president obama does okay on that score. he's 48% of the country say he's trying to bring the country together. 43% say he's taking a partisan approach. but republicans get hammered by the public. only 22% credit republicans with trying to bring the country together. three times that many just about, 64%, say they're driving the country apart -- in a partisan way. and when you look at the issues at stake, each side has some advantages. but -- from the democratic point of view, looking out for the middle class, 22% advantage for the democrats. on the issue of taxes which is traditionally a republican strength, democrats have a small advantage plus 3%. republicans on the flip side, who would do better at protecting a strong defense? 26% advantage for republicans. who'd do better at reducing the deficit? 6% advantage for republicans. so each side brings strengths to this issue. but president obama clearly has the high ground in terms of the bully pulpit and trying to put pressure on republicans. he hasn't been able to put enough pressu
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